Welcome to my blog home! Here you will find news you can use, inspirational and motivational messages to help get you through life’s challenges— because let’s face it…they will come. Here you will also find answers to your nutrition & diet, health, fitness, and life questions. I hope you will share your stories with our community of what works best for you because we’re all in this together. For those unfamiliar with me or my story here’s a morsel…
I hosted a health and fitness TV show (the first ever national show of it’s kind for African American women) on Black Entertainment Television, BET. As a nutritionist (with a Ph.D., no less) you would think I knew what to eat and how to manage life without making the mistakes of those whom I was supposed to help. Well suffice it to say that even the pros are fallible and are by no means untouchable when it comes to keeping the pounds at bay. I had been hosting Heart and Soul on BET for 2 seasons and expected to deliver helpful nutrition and fitness information to my TV audience. But as I sat there week after week, more than 30 pounds overweight, I knew that I couldn’t deliver an authentic message if I didn’t look the part myself. Certainly, not convincingly to say the least.
One day while shopping with a friend (did I mention that I love to shop?), I looked at myself in the mirror and wondered aloud, “Who the hell is that following me back there?” To my great disappointment, my butt filled the mirror and I hadn’t paid attention to the process of how all the extra weight had got there. I knew I had to make a permanent change in my life or suffer the consequences of perhaps those that had come before me— like my biological mother who arguably died prematurely of stomach cancer (more on that and how I dealt with it in future blogs), or aunts, uncles, and grandparents who suffered from high blood pressure, strokes, diabetes and other forms of cancer (see my family medical tree in Dr. Ro’s Ten Secrets To Livin’ Healthy, Bantam). So change I did. Here’s how I started the process of loosing 3 dress sizes for the third and hopefully, the final time…
- cut my portions in half (whatever you’re eating today start eating half of the portions you consumed yesterday and the days before)
- left food on my plate (no matter what your mother says, you can’t hurt the starving children in Africa by doing this but you can do something really good for yourself for a change)
- started designing my meals by filling half of my plate with colorful vegetables and some fruit, a quarter of the plate 3 to 4 oz. of lean protein (lean meat, fish, chicken, and sometimes even tofu), and the remaining quarter of the plate with a half cup of whole grains (brown rice, whole grain pasta, or quinoa (sounds like keen-wa)
- I got my butt off the couch and got movin’! I began walking my cocker spaniel, Destinye, each morning at 6 am for at least a half-hour, which progressed to an hour-long workout.
- I filled up on water at every opportunity
Was it easy to do? Hell no! It was hard to make a permanent life change. But if you do anything consistently for 21 days it becomes a habit.
Today my daily routine is very different and far more interesting. It was 16 years ago that I made that life-altering change. But I’m happy to report that my life is better, richer, and more fulfilling as a result. We lost Destinye, my beloved cocker spaniel, to a brain tumor 9 years ago but I owe it all to her that I still walk and do something to get moving about 4-5 days a week. This time my walks are with Simba– a new love (our 3 year old black cocker who came to us at 4 months just as Destinye made her transition).
So what will you do to change your life? The ball is in your court. Will you pick it up or stare at it for a few more years, wishing, hoping that something will change? I’ll be here for you but it’s your move now. If you see yourself in my story, asleep at the wheel of your life, putting off the healthy, happy version you’ve wanted for yourself but didn’t think you deserved—click here for your next steps.
With Love and Happiness,